Sidney Rice #18 of the Seattle Seahawks reacts during their NFC Divisional Playoff Game against the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on January 13, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
by Curtis Crabtree
RENTON - The Seattle Seahawks found out Tuesday evening that WR Percy Harvin will require surgery to repair a tear in the labrum of his hip after seeking a second opinion from Dr. Bryan Kelly in New York.
Harvin will undergo surgery on Thursday and is reportedly expected to miss 3-4 months. For all the latest on Harvin, you can check out our write-up here.
In other Seahawks related news, another receiver also missed practice to attend to a doctor. However, this one was a little farther away than New York.
WR Sidney Rice is in Switzerland to undergo a procedure on his knee. It's a non-surgical procedure and head coach Pete Carroll expects Rice to be able to get back out on the practice field as soon as he's able to return.
"He was practicing fine when he was out here but this was a procedure that they've been waiting to do," Carroll said. "When he comes back here he'll go right back on the field. He didn't get hurt. We're just trying to help him along and we think we have something going here that might really help him."
The procedure is expected to address a muscle in Rice's knee. Carroll didn't seem at all concerned that it would affect Rice's availability.
Seven players remained on the PUP and NFI lists for Saturday's practice. WR Percy Harvin (hip), DE Chris Clemons (knee), DT Greg Scruggs (knee), CB Tharold Simon (foot), TE Zach Miller (foot) and RB Robert Turbin (foot) remain on the physically unable to perform list. LB Korey Toomer (knee) remains on the non-football injury list.
DE Cliff Avril, CB Ron Parker and T Michael Bowie missed practice with hamstring strains. Carroll said they are expected to miss a few days but the ailments aren't considered serious.
DE Michael Bennett was absent as he was attending to the birth of his child.
DT Jesse Williams returned to practice after missing the previous two days with a sore right knee.
Tuesday was the first day in full-pads for the Seahawks this season.
QB Tarvaris Jackson had a really strong day working in red-zone drills. Jackson threw three touchdowns in red-zone 7-on-7 drills. He completed touchdown passes to WR Stephen Williams and WR Chris Harper in front of CB Will Blackmon and also hit WR Golden Tate for a score.
CB Walter Thurmond finally looks fully healthy for perhaps the first time during his Seahawks career. He drilled WR Doug Baldwin in the left flat. Thurmond is currently the fourth cornerback on the Seahawks depth chart. It goes to show how ridiculously talented that group is.
The rotations continued at both guard positions with G James Carpenter and G Paul McQuistan at left guard and G J.R. Sweezy and G John Moffitt at right guard.
With T Michael Bowie sidelined, undrafted rookie T Alvin Bailey has received some additional work with the second-team offense and has looked strong at times the past couple days.
WR Jermaine Kearse has been impressive so far during training camp and appears to be fulfilling some of the roles meant for Harvin in his absence. Kearse took a handoff out of a shotgun during team drills down in the redzone. It could be a glimpse of some additional roles Kearse could get with Harvin sidelined.
"We like him across the board," Carroll said. "He’s a tremendous asset. Now beyond that, he’s versatile, he’s very quick, his catching range is excellent. He can play all three spots, so he’s a vital part of what we’re doing, and it’s really all him. He’s busted his tail, and really come through."
LB Ty Powell saw some time as a LEO end with the first-team defense late in practice as well with LB Malcolm Smith working at strong-side linebacker. DE Benson Mayowa and LB Bruce Irvin rotated in with the first unit.
In the final team period, QB Russell Wilson led the first-team offense to the one-yard line but couldn't get in the endzone against the first-team defense.
QB Brady Quinn quickly led a touchdown drive against the second-team defense with a touchdown strike to WR Brett Swain.
Jackson also led a scoring drive with the third-team offense.
Following practice, the Seahawks announced they have released TE Victor Marshall and re-signed LB/TE Jameson Konz.
Konz was drafted by the Seahawks in the seventh-round of the 2010 NFL Draft. Konz appeared in one game for Seattle in 2011 on special teams before suffering a torn ACL, ending his season. He was released the following September.